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Drama Details
Title:Whiteout
Telecast:2000-08-19
Season:Summer 2000



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Duration:1 Movie



Synopsis
The story begins with Kenji Togashi (Oda Yuji) and Yoshioka, two of the Okutawa dam operators trying to help some lost climbers in a stormy snow blizzard. It was actually not a part of their duty, but as climbers they couldn't just ignores the lost climbers. The situation made Togashi shall continue to go alone finding some help for Yoshioka and the lost climbers who left in the blizzard. Togashi trying really hard to find help, but he fainted which made Yoshioka and others waited really long. They are well succeeded on saving the climbers life, but Yoshioka is dead on protecting one of the climbers. Togashi blamed himself for this. The dead of Yoshioka made his fiancee named Okuda Chiaki (Matsushima Nanako) really sad and also blamed Togashi for just saving his ownself and left his partner.
Togashi was once went to Chiaki's workplace to give her something belonged to Yoshioka (Note: I believe it's a compass with the name Chiaki on the cover), but he failed to meet Chiaki.
Chiaki then decided to go to Okutawa Dam, to see Yoshioka's workplace. At the very same time she arrived there, the dam is taken under control of a Red Moon terrorist who demanded to government to give them 5 billion yen. Chiaki and the operators of the dam are now being hostages, leaving only Togashi finding help from them. The operators are all believed that Togashi will try his best to help them, while Chiaki is sure that Togashi will only run saving himself alone.

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Actor/Actress Cast (8)
Oda Yuji
織田裕二
Teruo Togashi
Matsushima Nanako
松嶋菜々子
Chiaki Hirakawa
Ishiguro Ken
石黒賢
Yoshioka
Fukikoshi Mitsuru
吹越満
 
Hashimoto Satoshi
橋本さとし
Aojima
Hamada Manabu
浜田学
 
Kikawada Masaya
黄川田将也
 
Nakamura Katsuo
中村嘉葎雄
Kaoru Okuda
 

Drama Reviews (5)
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1. A good Oda Yuji movie [Rating: 8/10]
The majority of the work that Oda Yuji has been a part of in the last decade continue to capture my attention. Kitano Takeshi will always be known for his movies around the world but thanks to DVD's, many people are starting to catch a glimpse of the Oda Yuji.

Around the world, Oda Yuji has caught the attention of many fans through his Japanese doramas and the movie "Odoru Daisousasen" (aka Bayside Shakedown). The other actress that I'm sure brought in the audience to watch this movie
is Matsushima Nanako who is regarded as the top actress in Japanese entertainment today.

In the many years of watching Japanese movies, I don't think I have ever watched a Japanese big-budget movie in the scale of "WHITEOUT". Fuji and TOHO went all out in making this movie that you literally don't want to leave your seat for a minute.

According to the production notes, fans camped out to watch this movie. You take Japan's two big name actors, put them in a movie with a very large budget. The studios took a risk and won as evident with the box office returns.

Fans will definitely enjoy his latest blockbuster "WHITEOUT". A movie that can be compared to "Die Hard" meets "Cliffhanger". Oda's character as Togashi Teruo is unlike the hero's in both of those movies. From beginning to end, he doesn't have a Gung Ho attitude nor the "yippy kai yay - I'm going to kick some ass" look. The man is driven to make things right after the death of his colleague. Matsushima's Hirakawa Chiaki is a character that has nothing but anger for Togashi. As a man that escaped and let her fiance die. To watch Togashi's motivation into the end will make you
appreciate this movie.

As for the DVD, I'm grateful to watch this movie in Dolby Digital 5.1. Hopefully this movie will be re-released with a DTS soundtrack. There are many scenes where your rear speakers will be used as things zoom and explode. As for the video quality, it's pretty good. I don't think I noticed many artifacts especially during the dark scenes of the movie.

As for the special features, I have to score this DVD a little low. Sure, this year we are starting to see many Asian related DVD's to finally learn that DVD fans want more for their buck and that includes special features. You won't find a director's commentary, deleted scenes and outtakes on this
DVD but you will find the typical trailer and information on the movie and the actors (snore...).

Otherwise, the DVD is still worth getting.

From beginning to end you will be captivated by "WHITEOUT". One can only hope that we see more big budgeted action movies come from Japan.

I enjoyed "WHITEOUT" a lot. Maybe not as much as I enjoyed Oda's "Odoru Daisousasen: The Movie" but it's still a movie worth checking out.
Reviewed by kndy-nt2099 on 9 February 2004
2. White Out -> Not Interesting At All [Rating: 5/10]
Well, this movie is not really have something special to offer, it's just another action movie with the stormy snowy area as the setting. From the first minute to the last minute i watched it with no interest at all, there's nothing expected to happened, everything is what i could guess soooo easily. Oh, only one part that could make me a little interest, the part when Togashi could shot down the helicopter and when he see the pilot it was the climber to whom Yoshioka have risked his life. Ironic, isn't it? Another reason i watched this movie is bcoz i like Matsushima Nanako.
Reviewed by HimuraGirl on 29 August 2002
3. japanese die hard [Rating: 7/10]
although a pretty entertaining film, i can't help to think that this movie is very similar to die hard with bruce willis. for a JPN movie, this seems very "hollywood-y"
Reviewed by niko2x on 3 June 2004
4. Oh man, ... [KAZSAW] [Rating: 9/10]
This movie was great, but there were some realistic parts that made it a bit more boring, meaning that realism isn't the best for all movies. - kazsaw@cox.net
Reviewed by KAZSAW on 16 May 2002
5. Could have been better [Rating: 7/10]
This film could have done with more action ... kinda boring
Reviewed by JohnnyBoy_3000 on 1 June 2001

Comments From Users (9)
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1. Comments by DragonSpirit164 [Rating: 8/10]
Interesting action movie about terrorists taking over an important dam in Japan. This takes a little bit of style off James Bond films...with Oda Yuji being Bond himself lol... Matsushima Nanako was really beautiful with her short hair too...
2. Comments by tetsukei [Rating: 7/10]
Not as good as expected, but rather thrilling, with Oda Yuji running around like a madman. Ha! Disappointing involvement by Matsushima Nanako. Some interesting personalities.
Humour 7/10 Story 6/10 Actors 7/10 Music 7/10 Thrill 7/10
3. Comments by kiba92 [Rating: 7/10]
This movie is alright. It is very entertaining however, there are some parts that are totally unrealistic like guns never run out of bullets, things like that.
4. Comments by masnita [Rating: 7/10]
Action type...but wished nanako's role can be a bit more "umph"...nice story though.
5. Comments by glyq [Rating: 9/10]
something action~ altho bits n pieces r unrealistik buh overall great movi xD
6. Comments by 4julls [Rating: 9/10]
GREAT MOVIE ..... the tense ... wow .. awesome .. see it ok!!! a must!!!!
7. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 9/10]
This is a movie not a dorama
8. Comments by selphie086 [Rating: 8/10]
Awesome movie!
9. Comments by ky18 [Rating: 7/10]
so bored...
10. Comments by himawari [Rating: 8/10]
11. Comments by JohnnyBoy_3000 [Rating: 6/10]
12. Comments by Garfield [Rating: 9/10]
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